Afghan Vignette 6: What “Unwinnable” Looks Like (2.0)

Where Even Nature Itself Seems to Rebel Against You “three French soldiers died in a violent storm in northeastern Afghanistan late Saturday [Sept. 26, 2009]. One soldier was struck by lightning while two were swept away by a rain-swollen river during an operation in Kapisa province, said military spokesman Christophe Prazuck.” (read more) Where Nature […]

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Afghan Vignettes 4 & 5: How to Build Trust

VIGNETTE #4 This particular vignette came to me already made, thanks to THUS, who had the benefit of viewing a 19 August 2009 BBC Newsnight report with Kirsty Wark, that featured a film of U.S. Marines as they patrolled in Helmand province. While counterinsurgency and winning “hearts and minds” may be the nationally televised official […]

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Afghan Vignette 1: Those Cowardly Taliban

[The first in our series of very short posts featuring various imperial ironies.] There is never enough adventure in some foreign war zones. Not like in Iraq, shit, those guys were hard core. I mean, what are the chances of getting your ass blown off in a good old fashioned firefight in Afghanistan? None. The […]

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